BUSPAR DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
BUSPIRONE - ORAL (byou-SPY-rown)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Buspar
USES: Buspirone is used to relieve
nervousness, anxiety and tension.
OTHER USES: Buspar may
also be used for premenstrual syndrome.
BUSPAR USAGE: Take buspirone exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not
understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain
them to you. Take each dose with a full glass of water or other liquid. It may be several weeks
before you start to feel better, but do not stop taking buspirone without first
talking to your doctor. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with buspirone.
The interaction could result in significant side effects. You should discuss the
use of grapefruit and grapefruit juice with your doctor to avoid a potential enzyme reaction with this medication. Do not increase or decrease
the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without consulting with your physician.
Store buspirone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may
cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, weakness,
vivid dreams, sleeplessness, dry skin, blurred vision, altered sense
of taste and smell, weight gain, muscle aches, ringing in the ears,
nausea, headaches. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your
doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: abnormal movements
or "twitches" of the face or neck muscles, other involuntary
movements or tremors, depression, confusion, incoordination, chest
pain, breathing difficulties. If you notice other effects not listed
above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking Buspirone,
fully inform your physician about the details of your health history, especially: kidney or liver
disease, any drug allergies. Limit alcohol intake as it may intensify
the dizziness and/or drowsiness effects of buspirone. Use caution
when engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this drug. It
is not known if Buspar is carried or excreted through breast milk. Consult
your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Before taking
Do not take Buspirone if you have consumed a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) during the last 2 weeks. Severely high blood pressure may occur if buspirone is taken with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor.
Before taking Buspirone, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines: nefazodone (Serzone), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (E-Mycin, E.E.S., Ery-Tab, Eryc, others); or ,selegiline (Eldepryl).
OVERDOSE: If overdose of Buspar is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness,
and decreased pupil size.
NOTES: Do not share this medication
MISSED DOSE: Take any missed dose of Buspar / Buspirone
as soon as possible but not if it is almost time for the next dose.
If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume
your regular schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose. If
more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist
to establish a new dosing schedule.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
and keep away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.